A PIZZA-MAKER is considering slashing 250 jobs from its North West operation, which includes a factory in Runcorn.
The GMB union says it is liaising with Greencore Pizza, which also has two factories in Deeside, North Wales, over the job cuts.
A further 25 positions are also said to be under threat at Greencore's premises in Runcorn and Salford.
Formerly known as Hazelwood Foods, the two Deeside factories, one making pizza bases, the other toppings, employ 900 staff.
The company announced its intention to start a 90-day consultation period last week and has since held its first talks with the union.
Mark Jones, regional organiser of GMB, said the company was looking to close the Deeside bakery, with the loss of 70 jobs.
In addition 140 may be axed from the toppings factory, 20 from the Runcorn distribution operation, five from the Salford bakery and 15 from head office, which is also based at Deeside Industrial Park.
'These are loose figures at this time and may change,' said Mr Jones.
The union set up a 'consultative forum' with the company and wanted more details about the proposals so it could put forward counter proposals.
Mr Jones said the company might be creating 150 new jobs at the Salford bakery.
But company director of communications Jonathon Grant-Nicholas said it was the start of negotiations and the eventual number of jobs lost would depend on how work was rescheduled.
He said the company was responding to changes within the last couple of months. The leaner business would be able to compete more effectively, he said.
Irish firm Greencore make pizzas for sale by major national retailers and is one of the largest employers in the region.